The core function of the app is to display sheet music. With a back-lit display an iPad or iPhone makes an excellent sheet music viewer. Music is displayed full screen with ‘zoom’ and ‘page swipe’ – to enlarge detail and flick pages.
High- resolution music images are embedded within the app, so only one download is required to save the sheet music for Chopin’s nocturnes. Music is listed in the main index which includes a search function. You can also save music on your own repertoire list.
Frédéric Chopin (March 1, 1810 – October 17, 1849) is regarded as one the greatest Polish composers and one of the very finest composers for the piano. A major figure in nineteenth-centry classical music and the Romantic Period, Chopin was one of a very small group of child prodigies, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Felix Mendelssohn.
A nocturne (from the French which meant nocturnal, from Latin nocturnus) is usually a musical composition that is inspired by, or evocative of, the night. The name nocturne was first applied to pieces in the 18th century, when it indicated an ensemble piece in several movements, normally played for an evening party and then laid aside. Sometimes it carried the Italian equivalent, notturno, such as Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s quadraphonic Notturno in D, K.286. At this time, the piece was not necessarily evocative of the night, but might merely be intended for performance at night, much like a serenade. Although Chopin did not invent the nocturne, he popularized and expanded on it, building on the form developed by Irish composer John Field.
All sheet music is embedded within the app.